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r there can be no lunches for a week
and dinners must cost 5 cents less
"Always, too, the room must be
paid for, and hack of it lies the un
certainty that with slsck.seasons will
come layoffs and discharges.
"If the breaking point has come
and she must have some amusement,
where can it come from? Surely not
out of $6 a week."
About one-half the working girls of
the United States get $6 a week. One
fifth earn less than $4.
Of women workers in factories,
stores and laundries, from two
thirds to three-fourths get wages of
less than $8 a week.
And how about the fathers and
brothers. Well, the report says be
tween one-fourth and one-third of
male workers in factories and' mines
18 years of age and over earn less
than $10 a week; from two-third to
three-fourths earn less than $15, and
only-about one-tenth earn more than
$20 a week.
"Let these workers organize," is
the heart-cry of the report. Let it be
a matter of law and public opinion
that an employer who discharges a
worker for belonging to a union
should be some way smashed as an
enemy of human welfare and er
"iciency. Little by little these $6-a-week girls
have been drifting Into stores, shops
and factories, taking the places of
men on the payroll. Now the low
paid woman "threatens the whole ba
sis of the wage scale."
Let 'em organize. Brand as a so
cial evil the employer who hires a
woman to do a man's work and pays
her less than a man's wages.
Stripped of formal language, here's
what else the report says:
It takes a fierce struggle for labor
:o get a good law passed over the
heads of political crooks and trorpor
If a good law goes over the judges
oJ courts often play in with manufac
turers, merchants and bankers and
knock out the law.
The courts have a big, wise ear put
to hear what Big Business wants,
but poor people get kicked through
the door of the temple of justice.
Jury trial and free speech rights
are twisted by the courts for the help
of Big Business and many judges
can't see a real human man if there's
Big Money around.
Company stores, factory hospitals,
loan sharks, employment office graft
ers and installment houses bunco
workingmen out of millions of dol
lars yearly and there's no way for
the workers to get their money back.
It's a legal bunco the worker has
no legal comeback for.
During strikes clean-handed men
are grabbed, thrown into jaih held un
der high bail under charges of crime
In many strikes police and soldiera
detectives and strikebreakers are
turned over to employers. Thugs and
ex-convicts are given stars and
badges, told to club anybody they
want to, and the law won't touch
'em. The whole machinery of law
and government is used in some lo
calities for employers and against
"Relief from these grave evils can
not be secured by petty reforms," it
is urged. "The action must be dras
tic and directed at the roots from
which these evils spring."
Congress is asked to:
Amend constitution so clearly that
no corporation judges or other of
ficials can take away the privilege of
the writs of habeas corpus, rights of
jury trial, free speech, peaceful as
semblage, to keep and bear arms, to
free from unreasonable searches and
seizures, to speedy public trial, to
freedom from excessive bail and from
cruel and unusual punishments.
Let the courts keep hands off when
congress has passed a Jaw. By stat
ute or constitutional amendment stop
courts from declaring legislative